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President above political differences, opposition boycotting his address ‘unfortunate’: BJP | India News


NEW DELHI: The BJP on Friday slammed the opposition parties for boycotting President Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament, calling it “unfortunate” and noting that he as the constitutional head of the country is above political differences.
Lashing out at Congress, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said its “arrogance” is the “real problem” as it believes that it is bound to rule the country despite not having the popular mandate.
Attacking the Congress, Prasad said it has not condemned the violence and alleged insult to the national flag at the Red Fort during the farmers‘ tractor rally on January 26.
Giriraj Singh, Union minister and BJP MP from Bihar’s Begusarai said that the Opposition is shredding the dignity of democracy by not attending the President’s address.
Meanwhile, members of various opposition parties raised slogans in Lok Sabha demanding repeal of the three new farm laws on day one of the Budget session.
As soon as the House paid tributes to late Union minister Suresh Angadi and 26 former members, including Jaswant Singh, Tarun Gogoi, Motilal Vora, Ahmed Patel and Ram Vilas Paswan, members from the Congress, DMK and the Left parties entered the Well of the House raising slogans.
That Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu raised slogans during Kovind’s address was very painful and unfortunate, he said.
A total of 16 opposition parties on Thursday announced a boycott of the President’s address to Parliament scheduled for Friday, and accused the Centre of “orchestrating” the mayhem in the capital to discredit farmers.
The statement — signed by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah and T R Baalu among others — said lakhs of farmers had braved odds for over two months to protest peacefully at the Delhi borders, during which 155 farmers had lost their lives.
The opposition said the controversial farm laws were an “assault on rights of the states” and “will effectively dismantle the edifice of national food security that rests upon MSP, government procurement and distribution system”.
(With inputs from agencies)



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